What is the M.A. Degree with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology?

The M.A. Degree with a major in Speech-Language Pathology is the entry-level degree that is required to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The Master of Arts with a major in Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State University is designed to prepare students to meet ASHA certification requirements and Michigan state licensure requirements for entering clinical practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Information on careers in Speech-Language Pathology is available from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: 800-498-2071.  

Master List of Courses Required for the M.A.-SLP Program

 

Applying for the M.A. Program

Prerequisite requirements for admission to the MA-SLP program include coursework in behavioral and social sciences, mathematics, natural science, human communication, language acquisition, phonetics, acoustics and/or speech science, and an introductory course in human communication disorders*.  Most students have also completed additional introductory coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Admission is based on academic performance, GRE scores, recommendations, and a personal essay.  Transcripts, scores, and a completed application must be submitted in total prior to consideration for admission.  

Applications for the M.A. Program must be submitted through CSDCAS (the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service).

Within CSDCAS, applicants will be required to pay an application fee and submit:

  • the general application form
  • transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • a personal statement / essay
  • contact information for three letters of recommendation

In addition, applicants to the M.A.program must submit an application to Wayne State's Graduate School through Wayne State's "Apply Now" system.

For a checklist of steps to apply for the M.A. Program in Speech-Language Pathology, click here.

NOTE: Admitted students must begin the program in the Fall semester. The department does not offer the option of beginning the MA program in the Winter or Spring/Summer semester.

The Department also offers limited student funding in the form of Graduate Student Assistantships.  Please click here to apply for the Graduate Student Assistantship.

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*If you are interested in our Master of Arts program and do not currently hold an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology, please see our Post Bachelor Program page for more information.

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